Seasonal allergies, or hayfever, are very common at this time of year. Typical symptoms include watery, itchy, red eyes; a clear runny nose; sneezing; and an itchy palate or throat. The most common triggers are trees in the spring, grasses in the spring and early summer, and weeds in the fall!
Effective non-sedating medications are available for children over the age of 2 without a prescription for treatment of seasonal allergies. These include loratadine (generic Claritin), cetirizine (generic Zyrtec), and fexofenadine (generic Allegra). These medications can be given as needed for allergy symptoms. If you think your child has seasonal allergies and he or she is not responding to medication OR if you are not sure, please make an appointment in our office.
Many children do not require allergy testing if they respond to treatment with medication as needed.